Expectations

The ambassadors are expected to meet with their buddies at least two times per month. The Office for International Affairs will host events each semester specifically meant for participants in the Umoja Buddy Programme. Relationships can be further developed through shared meals, community engagement activities, sightseeing, and holiday celebrations.

As an ambassador, we recommend that you share information with your Buddy about the culture and customs at UFS. Share your knowledge with them! Show them the best lunch spots on campus or your favourite local store. Ask them about their home country and how life is different for them here at UFS. Get to know them and let them get to know you.

While you are strongly encouraged to regularly spend time with your Buddy, please remember that this programme is designed for friendship and intercultural exchange. Though friendship cannot be guaranteed, if you meet with your Buddy regularly, you will have many opportunities to learn about their culture through their eyes and also share your own cultural experience with them. 

Matching

Matching is based upon availability, personal interests, age, and gender. We will do our best to make sure you are paired with a buddy who has some common interests with you, but with whom you can also have meaningful cultural interactions.

Cultural differences between you and your buddy are inevitable. Remember to treat these differences with respect. If these kinds of differences are leading to negative interactions with your buddy and you are uncomfortable continuing in the programme, please contact Bulelwa Moikwatlhai (malob@ufs.ac.za) to discuss other options.

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